Pork Spare Ribs is a very famous dish in the Philippines. Everyone knows it and loves it! It may be cooked in sooo many ways. In fact, I have several posts of adobo recipe in this food blog.
Personally, CookingLikeAPro find this dish a bit tricky to cook. It took me a while before finally being comfortable to cook adobo. For the life of me, I just couldn’t get the perfect balance of soy sauce and vinegar in my adobo. Sometimes I hit the mark; other times, it’s a total miss.
See, when I was new to cooking, I didn’t care to use measuring cups and spoons, no! I always wing it! (As if I really knew how to cook.) Sometimes this method works. Most of the times, a disaster! If you’re the type who doesn’t measure ingredients to the T, unless you really know how to cook and with a strong palate who cares not about exact measures, an adobo recipe – as simple as the flavors may be – can be a challenging one.
After several failure cooks in the kitchen and so much wasted foods, I had to give in to the call of structured cooking. I still go with my taste buds before serving a dish. I adjust the taste after putting in the exact measures of ingredients at the end of a cook. And as for this adobo recipe, I’ll give you a basis at least of how much soy sauce and vinegar to put. Adjust them after your cook according to your liking. After all, some like their adobo salty; others, tangy or vinegar-y. (Is that even a word? LOL)
Here it is, my adobo dish. I hope you like it.
Pork Spare Ribs - Adobo recipe
- 1 kg Pork spare ribs
- 5-7 cloves Garlic crushed and chopped
- 1 whole Onions chopped
- ½ cup Soy sauce
- ¼ cup Vinegar
- 2 tsp Sugar
- 50 g Butter
- ½ tbsp Whole peppercorns
- 45 pcs Dried bayleaf
- ½ cup Water
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2-3 tbsp Cooking oil
- Put oil in a heated wok.
- Saute the garlic under medium to high heat.
- Put in the onions when the garlic turns golden.
- When the onions sweat, put in the pork spare ribs.
- Fry the pork for about 15 minutes until they release fats and turn a bit charred.
- Put in the soy sauce, vinegar and whole peppercorns.
- Add the water and let it boil for another 10-15 minutes under low heat.
- Close the lid and wait until the meat tenderises. Avoid opening the wok and just let it cook.
- After 10 minutes, add in the bay leaves.
- When the pork is tender enough as per your preference, add sugar and butter.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Turn off the heat and keep the lid on.
- Serve with hot steamy rice.
I always say that adobo gets tastier and tastier by the day. This is so true, trust me! Enjoy your adobo with boiled egg and/or cook it with potatoes. Yumm! No potatoes for this one ‘coz the hubby is not a fan. 😛
Tips and Tricks for making Pork Spare Ribs
Start by trimming excess fat and placing the ribs in a rack on a sheet pan. Lay the ribs, meaty side down, on the foil. Gently peel away the membrane that runs along the rib bones. You can also use a paper towel to remove any slipperiness from the ribs. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Place each rib rack on an 11 x 14 inch baking sheet and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Allow to sit for 2 hours.
If you don’t want to use a frying pan, you can also use an oven or toaster oven. If you don’t have a grill, you can try a Dutch oven or an Air Fryer lid. You must cut the ribs in half first, then slice them into serving size. Broiling or grilling spare ribs will help preserve their moisture. The highest heat setting should be used when broiling, and use the highest possible oven or frying pan rack to prevent the meat from burning.
If you’re cooking pork spare ribs, keep in mind that you should cook them low and slow. This method will help tenderize the meat and preserve its moist and succulent texture. Make sure to use a baking sheet that can fit the ribs. The foil can also be used as a sling for the ribs. Once cooked, the ribs will retain their moist and delicious flavor.
You can also prepare your pork ribs in the oven by removing the silverskin, the thin membrane on the back side of the ribs. You can use the oven’s broiling feature to cook them in the oven. A baking tray with a lid is ideal for this recipe. In a large roasting pan, you can sprinkle the ribs with salt and pepper. This method makes them tender and juicy.
After the ribs are trimmed, you should rub them liberally with garlic powder and onion powder. You should also season them with salt. Then, place them on a spit. Next, place them on a baking sheet and place them in the oven for about two hours. After that, you can serve your pork ribs with a side of fries. The meat is now ready to be eaten!
Once you’ve purchased your ribs, it’s time to marinate them. These are an excellent choice when it comes to barbecue and pork. They are a great meal to serve to any crowd! You can even serve them for the next day’s dinner. You’ll have leftovers the next day! When cooking ribs, you must be prepared to deal with the leftovers. Once they’re done, let them cool.
Once marinated, the ribs should be seasoned with salt. After rubbed, you can place them in a baking sheet that’s big enough to hold them. To ensure the best results, you should also prepare your ribs before roasting them. Using a meat thermometer is also helpful in monitoring the cooking process. This way, you can check if the ribs are ready to be removed from the pan.
To make these ribs more flavorful, you can marinate the meat overnight. It’s best to marinate them over indirect heat. The lower temperature will help prevent them from drying out. In addition, you can marinate the ribs in vinegar before cooking them. After marinating, you can serve them with fries. You can also add them to your favorite recipe! You can make a pork spare ribs recipe using the recipes available online.
To make BBQ spit ribs, you should use a butter knife. You should be able to easily slide it horizontally under the membrane to free the ribs. Afterwards, place the ribs on the rack. Once the ribs are cooked, you can add your favorite barbecue sauces or seasonings. You can also try making your own brisket. You can even try your hand at cooking a spare ring ribs with the 3-2-1 method.